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restaurants in lviv

Emotional Restaurants in Lviv: Extreme Fun and Food

Lviv is Eastern Europe’s undiscovered gem, at least to Americans.  This utterly gorgeous city, just 40 miles from the border of Poland, is not only home to stunning Austro-Hungarian architecture and colorful town squares, but has a gastronomy unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in all of Europe. They’re called “Emotional Restaurants,” and they are not […]

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Castle Cesky Krumlov: How to Spend a Magical Weekend

I’ve been a fan of fairy-tales since I was a little girl.  As an adult, when I heard that the medieval town and castle Cesky Krumlov would bring to life all the scenes of my childhood dreams, I determined I would get there someday. After years of eager anticipation, that “someday” recently came to fruition.  […]

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Terceira Azores

The Amaing Azores: Best Things to Do in Terceira

Who could have guessed that there are so many things to do in Terceira? Our overnight flight landed us on this tiny island in the Azores just after sunrise. Expecting to be driven to our hotel for a short nap, we were surprised when Paulo, our guide suggested that we take advantage of the clear spring […]

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The Hanza Hotel – Best Place to Stay in Gdansk

My friends are envious of my “glamorous” life. I love being a travel writer, and my life is certainly filled with fun and adventure, but it’s hardly glamorous.  It’s often difficult.  I’m currently on a one-month trip taking me through Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Poland.  I’ve been on planes, trains, buses, vans, trams, cars, taxis […]

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Moldova

9 Things to Do in Moldova. I Dare You to Try Number 7.

The Republic of Moldova is a fairly unfamiliar landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It has a long history of land fragmentation, including stints at being part of the Russian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, Romania, and the Ukrainian SSR. Per capita, Moldova has the poorest economy in Europe and is also the least visited country in […]

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Bucharest for Boomers: Guide to Romania’s “Little Paris”

I had imagined Bucharest as a kind of transition place…. a couple of days as my jumping off place to where I really wanted to go in Romania – Transylvania.  And as my driver left the airport, we passed a multitude of utilitarian-looking communist bloc apartment buildings, and I felt more-or-less resigned to spending an […]

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Why You Can (and Should) Travel Solo to Budapest

Once a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers, the shinning gem on Hungary’s Danube River, is enjoying an explosion of the luxury market and a well-deserved reputation as one of the most beautiful cities and the second fastest-developing urban economy in Europe. As a female solo traveler, I found Budapest to be among the best-of-the-best […]

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Transfagarasan

Transfăgărășan: The World’s Best Road Trip

Romania’s Transfăgărășan winds through the Fagaras Mountains, part of the Carpathian Mountain Range that connects Transylvania to Wallachia via a shocking series of white-knuckle hairpin turns and sharp descents. The 56-mile path climbs to an altitude of 6,699 feet, slinking past stunning outlooks of lake, waterfalls, and a dam. After our initial arrival and two […]

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Odessa Ukraine

Off to Odessa! 12 Reasons to Make This Your Next European Trip

Odessa is a port city on the Black Sea, founded in 1794 (relatively young compared to Kiev or Lviv) by the Russian empress Catherine the Great.  Its reputation as the summer capital of Ukraine draws in visitors who are eager to stroll around the city’s tree-lined “Old Town” taking in the pastel neoclassical architecture, historical […]

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Transnistria

Transnistria: Clinging to the Iron Curtain for Dear Life

“They carry on as though they are part of the old USSR,” said Alex, our Moldovan guide from JayWay Travel. “They have repeatedly asked to join the Russian Federation.” Unrecognized by the United Nations or any other sovereign nation, Transnistrians could not care less. In spite of being one of the poorest places in Europe, […]

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